Making Music with Linux | LAS 408

Making Music with Linux | LAS 408

What’s the best software under Linux to create music? We answer that & the best hardware that work together. We have something for the musician to casual hardware geek, we cover the dark art of creating music under Linux as we go inside Noah’s music studio and see what he uses.

Plus we chat with ownCloud’s Community Manager about the new features in version 9, our thoughts on Microsoft’s SQL for Linux announcement & more!

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MIDI Sequencers

  • Musical Instrument Digital Interface
  • Protocol allows electronic instruments, computers, and devices to communicate with one another.


Analog to Digital Recording Interface

M Audio M-Track Two-Channel Portable USB Audio & MIDI Interface

+ 1/4″
+ Headphones
+ TRS Output
+ Phantom Power
+ Native Linux Compatible

PreSonus AudioBox USB

+ Bus Powered USB Audio and MIDI Interface
+ 24-bit resolution 44.1 & 48khz sampling rate
+ 2 combo mic/instrument inputs with high-performance, low-noise, high-headroom mic preamplifiers.
+ Zero Latency Monitoring


Singing Vocal Mic – AKG P420
Podcasting Vocal Mic – RE320
Instrument Mic – SM57
Almost Perfect Replication of Sound – DPA 2006A


MIDI Interface


MIDI Controller

Yamaha UX96
  • Works with Linux
  • Inexpensive
  • MIDI Only
  • Not available any more



  • Free Audio Editor and Recorder
  • New Version as of Jan 20th (2.1.2)
  • Major Improvements


  • Rosegarden is a music composition and editing environment based around a MIDI sequencer that features a rich understanding of music notation and includes basic support for digital audio.
  • Rosegarden is an easy-to-learn, attractive application that runs on Linux, ideal for composers, musicians, music students, and small studio or home recording environments.
  • Rosegarden’s matrix and notation editors also include rulers for graphically editing control changes, as well as for velocity and pitch bend.
  • Rosegarden includes synth plugin support for sample-accurate synthesis of MIDI tracks.
  • Rosegarden uses the DSSI architecture for synth plugins, a public standard which permits each plugin to be controlled from its own custom GUI as well as Rosegarden’s built-in plugin interface.


  • Very user-friendly, modular, fast and intuitive graphical interface based on QT 4.
  • Sample-based stereo audio engine, with import of sound samples in .wav, .au and .aiff formats.
  • Pattern-based sequencer, with unlimited number of patterns and ability to chain patterns into a song.
  • Up to 192 ticks per pattern with individual level per event and variable pattern length.
  • Unlimited instrument tracks with volume, mute, solo, pan capabilities.


  • Full DAW
  • An Ardour track can be of type audio or MIDI, depending on the data that the track will primarily record and play back.
  • No limits on number of tracks, buses, plugins, inserts, or sends.
  • Pick your audio interface based on your needs and budget. If your OS supports it, Ardour can use it. PCI, USB, Firewire interfaces, along with the option to use network audio too.
  • Non-destructive, non-linear editing with unlimited undo/redo, even across editing sessions (reload and undo your changes from last time).
  • All editing is in-window: no switching to piano roll or other dedicated dialogs/displays for specialized operations.
  • Route anything to anywhere (for more than ten years!).
  • Matrix-style patching/routing.
  • Hundreds of no-cost plugins in LV2, native VST and LADSPA formats on Linux.
  • Export to many different data and file formats, including but not limited to WAV, AIFF, CAF, BWF, FLAC, Ogg/Vorbis.


Runs Linux

Hello Noah,
I just wanted to send in Linux in the wild where Mr Lube In Canada at Kitchener Ontario Canada.

Sent by Matt S.

Desktop App Pick

Submitted by Rikai

The downright luxurious Git client for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Cross-platform, 100% standalone, and free.

  • GitKraken is free (as in beer) but is not open source.

Weekly Spotlight


By taking the advantage of mpv and GUI, bomi provides various features.
Submitted by Rikai

— NEWS —

Facebook launches project to open source hardware, designs for cell networks | Ars Technica

Homebrew cell tower

There have already been a number of efforts to bring open source software and commodity hardware to bear on providing wireless service to unserved communities. OpenBTS, an open source cellular infrastructure software project, released a fully open 3G cellular network stack in October of 2014. The OpenBTS software was used by the University of California at Berkeley’s Technology and Infrastructure for Emerging Regions (TIER) research group to _build a community cellular network in Papua, Indonesia_in 2013, with a VSAT backhaul for SMS text messaging to the rest of the world.

SQL Server on Linux Shows Microsoft’s More Flexible Side


Microsoft has made a preview of SQL Server for Linux available. The final product is expected to ship in mid

Microsoft’s former CEO claimed he “loved” this week’s news that Redmond would deliver a Linux-compatible version of its ever-popular SQL Server database.

Qubes OS 3.1 has been released!

Qubes VM Wizard Screenshot

The major new architectural feature of this release has been the introduction of
the Qubes Management
, which is
based on the popular Salt management software.

In Qubes 3.1, this management stack makes it possible to conveniently control
system-wide Qubes configuration using centralized, declarative statements.
Declarative is the key word here: it makes creating advanced configurations
significantly simpler. (The user or administrator needs only to specify what
they want to get, rather than how they want to get it).

This has already allowed us to improve our installation wizard (firstboot) so
that it now offers the user the ability to easily select from various options to
pre-create some useful configurations, such as Whonix or USB-hosting VMs.

ownCloud 9 is OUT

ownCloud Server 9.0 has significant improvements for users, administrators and developers. Learn how ownCloud 9.0 provides the safest home for all your data.

People person, technology enthusiast and all-things-open evangelist.



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  • Will take place Sat during Linux Fest NW (Location TBD)
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